The Apsara National Authority (ANA) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on June 9 signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) on effective, sustainable water management in the Angkor Archaeological Park area, which resilient to climate change and socio-economic (The Angkor Water Resilience Project).

The MoU was signed by Hang Peu, ANA general director and Johnathan Kings, New Zealand ambassador to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, in the presence of Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeurng Sackona.

The ANA said the Angkor Water Resilience Project will be implemented for five years, until 2028.

“The ANA regards this project as a major one for the management of the ancient irrigation system. It will avoid flooding in the Angkor area, and take advantage of natural resources to benefit the local community,” it added.

It explained that the five-year project will also involve human resource building.

It said the project is the fourth such cooperation with the New Zealand government, following the Angkor Management Plan, the Angkor Participatory Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods project, and the Angkor Community Heritage and Economic Advancement programme.